24 November, 2020

Little Babus From Another World

A few good clerks do what was not done unto them. They help village schoolkids learn.

Little Babus From Another World
outlookindia.com
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All clerks don’t play with red tape. Somewhere in the dull government offices of Mumbai is Madhukar Pawar and his bunch of 60 nondescript babus, with a curious claim to fame. They want to help, not hinder. They might spend their day poring over frayed cardboard files and typing in triplicate, but after five, a fascinating double life unfolds.

Over the last decade, they have helped 430 village schools and organised scholarships for 41 needy students in Ratnagiri district. In a land where the word ‘clerk’ only recalls the obstructionist, come-back-tomorrow genre of humanoids, Pawar and buddies are a rare species. They are The Little Babus That Do.

It all began when Pawar, a head clerk at a government hospital, went to his village in Ratnagiri for a summer break 15 years ago. He came across a bright young boy who was dropping out of school because his farm-hand parents could no longer afford the luxury of educating their son. "It set me thinking about the thousands of kids in our villages who never get a chance to make it," says Pawar. His own childhood school in the...

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